FLN football team

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FLN football team
Shirt badge/Association crest
Home stadiumVarious
First colours
Second colours
First international
Tunisia Tunisia 1–2 FLN Algeria
(Tunis, Tunisia; June 1, 1957)
Last International
 Yugoslavia 1 - 6 FLN Algeria
(Belgrade, Yugoslavia; March 29, 1961)
Biggest win
Tunisia Tunisia 0-8 FLN Algeria
(Tunis, Tunisia; April 15, 1958)
 Morocco 0-8 FLN Algeria
(Casablanca, Morocco; October 8, 1959)
Biggest defeat
ChinaTianjin XI 5-1 FLN Algeria
(Tianjin, China; October 25, 1959)

The FLN football team (in Arabic: Lire  فريق جبهة التحرير الوطني لكرة القدم‎,[1] in French: Équipe du FLN de football), also known as Le onze de l'indépendance (English: The eleven of the Independence) was a team made up mainly of professional players in France, who then joined the Algerian independence movement of the National Liberation Front (FLN), and assisted in organizing football matches against national football teams.


The team was founded on 13 April 1958. The role of this team was primarily psychological, in order to show the French metropolitans that even professional footballers were involved in the cause, even to the extent of renouncing their status. The French authorities easily obtained the non-recognition of the team by FIFA. Despite the prohibition on play, the FLN team engaged in a world tour of about eighty meetings, including Europe, Asia and Africa. These games were widely used by pro-independence propaganda. The team existed from 1958 to 1962, bequeathing its place in 1963 to its legitimate successor, the Algeria national football team.

Player selection[edit]

Name Birth date Club prior to FLN Club after FLN
Abderrahmane Boubekeur (1931-03-13)13 March 1931 (aged 27) AS Monaco MC Alger
Ali Doudou (1927-01-05)5 January 1927 (aged 31) USM Bône USM Annaba
Abderrahman Ibrir (1919-11-10)10 November 1919 (aged 38) Olympique de Marseille End of career
Mustapha Zitouni (1928-10-19)19 October 1928 (aged 29) AS Monaco RC Kouba
Kaddour Bekhloufi (1934-06-07)7 June 1934 (aged 23) AS Monaco USM Bel-Abbès
Dahmane Defnoun (1936-05-08)8 May 1936 (aged 21) SCO Angers SCO Angers
Mohamed Soukhane (1931-10-12)12 October 1931 (aged 26) Le Havre AC Le Havre AC
Chérif Bouchache Le Havre AC
Smaïn Ibrir (1933-02-28)28 February 1933 (aged 25) Le Havre AC End of career
Abdallah Settati Girondins de Bordeaux
Khaldi Hammadi Stade Tunisien
Mokhtar Arribi (1924-02-24)24 February 1924 (aged 34) RC Lens End of career
Saïd Haddad (1922-08-30)30 August 1922 (aged 35) Toulouse FC End of career
Ali Benfadah (1935-01-10)10 January 1935 (aged 23) SCO Angers SCO Angers
Rachid Mekhloufi (1936-08-12)12 August 1936 (aged 21) AS Saint-Étienne Servette FC
Mohamed Boumezrag[note 1] (1921-06-13)13 June 1921 (aged 36) US Mans End of career
Boudjemaa Bourtal (1933-08-22)22 August 1933 (aged 24) AS Béziers End of career
Amar Rouaï (1932-03-09)9 March 1932 (aged 26) SCO Angers SCO Angers
Hassen Chabri (1931-04-25)25 April 1931 (aged 26) AS Monaco CS Hammam Lif
Abdelaziz Ben Tifour (1927-07-25)25 July 1927 (aged 30) AS Monaco USM Alger
Abdelhamid Kermali (1931-04-24)24 April 1931 (aged 26) Olympique lyonnais End of career
Abdelhamid Bouchouk (1927-04-14)14 April 1927 (aged 30) Toulouse FC End of career
Saïd Brahimi (1931-03-17)17 March 1931 (aged 27) Toulouse FC End of career
Mohamed Maouche (1936-04-24)24 April 1936 (aged 21) Stade de Reims FC Martigny
Ahmed Oudjani (1937-03-19)19 March 1937 (aged 21) RC Lens RC Lens
Amokrane Oualiken (1933-04-06)6 April 1933 (aged 25) Nîmes Olympique MC Alger
Abderrahmane Soukhane (1936-11-13)13 November 1936 (aged 21) Le Havre AC Le Havre AC
Abdelkader Mazouz (1932-08-06)6 August 1932 (aged 25) Nîmes Olympique FC La Chaux-de-Fonds
Mohamed Bourricha Nîmes Olympique
Abdelkrim Kerroum (1936-03-25)25 March 1936 (aged 22) AS Troyes et Savinienne MC Saïda
Hocine Bouchache (1932-04-20)20 April 1932 (aged 25) Le Havre AC Le Havre AC
Saïd Amara (1933-03-11)11 March 1933 (aged 25) AS Béziers Girondins de Bordeaux
Abdelhamid Zouba (1930-06-08)8 June 1930 (aged 27) Chamois Niortais Chamois Niortais


  1. ^ Mohamed Boumezrag Trained the team from 1957 to 1962, also played for the team between 1957 and 1959.


  1. ^ Pronunciation in Arabic is About this soundfariq jabhate al-taḥrir al-watani 

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